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Mary Ellen Trainor Dead: ‘Lethal Weapon’ Actress Sadly Dies At 62

Mon, June 8, 2015 4:49pm EDT by 1 Comment
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So sad! Mary Ellen Trainor, an actress best known for appearing in all four ‘Lethal Weapon’ movies, has died. Mary passed away on May 20 and her death was announced on June 8 by a close friend. She was 62.

Hollywood has lost another one of its glittering stars, as Mary Ellen Trainor has passed away. We learned that the 62-year old actress, who portrayed Dr. Stephanie Woods in all four Lethal Weapon films, died in her home on May 20. How heartbreaking.

Mary’s death was announced on June 8 by her lifelong friend and fellow San Diego State Alum, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Mary sadly passed away due to complications from pancreatic cancer.

Though only 62, she had a very amazing career. In addition to starring alongside Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the high-octane Lethal Weapon action movies, she’s known for her roles as Elaine in 1984’s Romancing the Stone and as Mrs. Walsh in the 1985’s adventure movie, The Goonies. She also made notable appearances in Die Hard and Ghostbusters II.

Mary can be seen in the Christmas classic Scrooged (featuring Bill Murray) and in the 2003 remake of the mother-daughter body switch movie, Freaky Friday. On television, she acted on the Fox sitcom Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, ABC’s Relativity and the UPN-WB drama, Roswell. Her last roles include the 2008 television movie, McBride: Requiem and Cake: A Wedding Story.

She married legendary director Robert Zemeckis in 1980 and worked with him on films Back To The Future Part II, Death Becomes Her, and the Oscar-awarding Forrest Gump. They divorced in 2000 and have one child, a son named Alex.

Mary Ellen Trainor Dies: A Life

Mary was reportedly born in San Francisco and attended San Diego State University, studying broadcast journalism. Mary landed a job as an on-air personality for Radio station KSDO, before transitioning over as the Station Editor of KCBS-TV. But Tinsel Town was calling. She began her career as a producer’s assistant on Steven Spielberg’s 1941, written by her soon-to-be husband. After that, she would make her debut in Romancing The Stone and the rest is Hollywood history.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mary’s family, friends and fans during this sad time of loss.

— Jason Brow